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Bowditch, H. P. (Henry Pickering), 1840-1911. Papers, 1813, 1837, 1851-1961: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c5
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Bowditch, H.P. (Henry Pickering), 1840-1911.
Title: Henry P. Bowditch papers,
Date(s): 1813, 1837, 1851-1961 (inclusive).
Quantity: 16 boxes
Language of materials: Records are in English.
Abstract: The Henry Pickering Bowditch papers, 1813, 1837, 1851-1961, contains mostly letters addressed to Bowditch and some drafts of his outgoing letters; and also a considerable amount of family correspondence. Other papers include Bowditch's Civil War orders and documents, manuscripts of lectures and essays, 1862 journal of military life at Edisto Island, S.C., Harvard Medical School report of the Committee of Medical Faculty, and memorabilia. Additional correspondence from Harold Bowditch and Jonathan Ingersoll Bowditch is also included in the collection.

Custodial History:

Presented by Mrs. Harold Bowditch Peterborough, N.H. 1968/m/21. Received January 31, 1968.

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Preferred Citation:

Henry P. Bowditch papers, 1813, 1837, 1851-1961 (inclusive). H MS c5. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

Biographical Notes

Bowditch (Harvard, A.B. 1861; M.D. 1868) studied physiology in Leipzig with Carl Ludwig, whose laboratory was the center for physiological study. He returned to Boston in 1871 and taught physiology at the Harvard Medical School; was appointed as first George Higginson Professor of Physiology; and with the establishment of the first physiological laboratory, brought German technological methods to the U.S. He helped in planning the Harvard Medical School and was active in public affairs, including service on the Committee of Fifty on the Alcohol Problem. Bowditch established the American Journal of Physiology. His research interests were in bacteriology, experimental psychology, pharmacology and surgery, and growth of children.

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Scope and Content

Contains mostly letters addressed to Bowditch and some drafts of his outgoing letters; and also a considerable amount of family correspondence. Other papers include Bowditch's Civil War orders and documents, manuscripts of lectures and essays, 1862 journal of military life at Edisto Island, S.C., Harvard Medical School report of the Committee of Medical Faculty, and memorabilia.
Letters from Bowditch's colleagues contain comments on his paper on reform in medical education, and discuss the anti-vivisection movement, research on experimental physiology and growth of children, and other matters. Also includes responses to Bowditch's questionnaire on alcohol usage, letters regarding his appointments and election to professional societies. Letters from Charles W. Eliot pertain to Bowditch's lectures in physiology at Harvard, changes in admission policies and courses, and other topics. Letters from Granville S. Hall concern physiological apparatus and experimental work in physiology, as well as research of European colleagues. Other major correspondents are Charles-Edouard Brown-Séquard, John Curtis, Wolcott Gibbs, and Francis Galton. Also includes drafts of Bowditch's letters about such subjects as admission of women to Harvard Medical School, letters to his wife Selma Knauth and to his parents; and correspondence belonging to Fanny B. Katz about her father Henry P. Bowditch.
Materials entirely in English.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Vivisection.
Alcoholism.
Alcohol. Physiological effect.
Medicine. Study and teaching.
Physiology. Research.
Physiology, Experimental.
Children. Growth.
Bowditch, Harold, 1883-1964.
Bowditch, H. P. (Henry Pickering), 1840-1911.
Bowditch, Selma Knauth, 1854-1918.
Brown-Séquard, Charles-Edouard, 1817-1894.
Curtis, John Green, 1844-1913.
Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926
Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
Gibbs, Wolcott, 1822-1908.
Hall, G. Stanley (Granville Stanley), 1844-1924.
Katz, Fanny Bowditch, 1874-1967.
Harvard Medical School. Dept. of Physiology. History.
Harvard Medical School. Curricula.
Harvard Medical School. Faculty.
Harvard Medical School. Admission.

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